The Voice of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors Jack Armstrong earned a standing ovation after speaking to the audience at this year's Fr. Sturm Legacy Fund Luncheon. Armstrong grew up in Brooklyn and attended a Jesuit school, and his own sons Kevin '14 and Tim '17 are now Canisius alumni.
"These four years impact how you will do the next 40," said Armstrong, recounting his conversations with parents and recruits when he coached for Niagara University. "When I think of foundation, when I think of a place that helps you achieve the next 40 when you step out at 18 years old -- this (Canisius) is the place."
Armstrong served as the keynote speaker at the luncheon on Monday, September 16 in the KeyBank Center Lexus Club in downtown Buffalo.
This year's honoree at the luncheon was Canisius head varsity basketball coach Kyle Husband '96. In his playing days at Canisius, Husband led the Crusaders to a New York State Catholic League Championship. He has served as head coach for the Crusaders since 2005. Since then his teams have won eight Manhattan Cups, two Catholic State Championships, and one Federation Championship – the only Federation Championship in school history. In 2015 Kyle was named Buffalo News Coach of the Year.
The Fr. John G. Sturm, S.J. '35 Legacy Fund was created to build the endowment of the Fr. Sturm Scholarship, provide tuition assistance for NativityMiguel Middle School students who enroll at Canisius High School, and to support the President's Athletic Fund which helps cover capital athletic purchases. To make a donation to the fund, please click here.
Pictured at top: Canisius basketball team members Joe Ciocca '21, Max Dowling '21, and Eric Kegler '20, along with Canisius Director of Alumni Relations Jay Josker '01, presented Jack Armstrong with a Canisius basketball as a gift.
To view more photos from this year's luncheon, click here.